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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
#3932 of 4025 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [thegraduate]
Sep 14, 2007 (10:48 pm)
Oh, seriously, you REALLY should stay away from Wal-Mart for oil changes. I took my Corolla there only a few months ago, because I didn't feel I had time to wait for the dealer. I told the man I wanted 5w-30, because 1) that's what it says on the cap, and 2) that's what I've used since day one. Do you know he told me it didn't matter, and that everyone puts 10w-30 in their car?! I told him to forget it, if you're not going to give me what I want, I can't use you.
When my car was still under warranty, I didn't let anybody BUT the dealer touch it. Yes, it's pricey, and I hate dealerships, but at least if they screw up you've got some recourse, plus there's a two year warranty on parts at the dealer, so you have to figure you're paying for that. If taking it to the dealer means paying extra to make sure they don't overfill something or put the wrong oil in, so be it.
Someday soon I'll have to take it in to figure out why my transmission's sprung a leak. Saw a puddle and it was very disconcerting. I'm sure my wallet's going to cringe, but I'll be doggone if I'll let Wal-Mart or Pep Boys or someone else make the problem worse!
If I had a garage of my own, I'd change my own oil with Pennzoil High Mileage 5W-30! I used to do all that kind of stuff with my first car, even changed "points"! (Ask Pop what those are! ) Being an apartment dweller, however, can sometimes be a drag...
It's interesting the people I find with an "Oklahoma connection"!
#3933 of 4025 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [thegraduate]
Sep 14, 2007 (10:50 pm)
What interesting terminology! The things one learns here!
#3934 of 4025 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [irismg]
Sep 14, 2007 (11:04 pm)
This Wal-Mart mechanic really seemed to know what he was doing (I know, bad excuse on my part)but I assure you the 06 that is still under warranty only sees the dealer.
Yep, regarding Oklahoma, my parents moved out there and worked for Globe Life; decided they were too far from home, retired, and moved to their condo at the beach in gulf shores, Alabama!
#3935 of 4025 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [irismg]
Sep 15, 2007 (4:44 am)
While it seems to be becoming somewhat more acceptable to some, the term "ricer" does have insulting connotations to others. That link goes to a Wikipedia entry and I'm sure you could find more history of its dubious origin if you are interested.
#3936 of 4025 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [pat]
Sep 15, 2007 (11:01 am)
Whoa, that's interesting. Wikipedia, with it's many mistakes, is not my first source for reliable information, especially given the dearth of content in that particular article. Still, it certainly gives food for thought. I'm giving thegraduate the benefit of the doubt and chalking the term up to Southern culture.
Me, I'm African-American, and I eat more rice than bread, so I'm not offended as far as the context in which he used it.
#3937 of 4025 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [thegraduate]
Sep 15, 2007 (11:41 am)
You definitely have too much time on your hands.
"Wow, you don't have to be hateful about it."
Not being hateful. Just pointing out that three months ago you used the same rhetoric.
"relentlessly boring to operate" isn't a bad thing.
What's this? An opinion? I thought these weren't allowed
Not my opinion. YOURS . I was simply agreeing with your statement of relentlessly boring to operate and posted it isn't a bad thing.
I honestly hope you are as happy with your Honda's as my wife is with her Toyota.
#3938 of 4025 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [irismg]
Sep 15, 2007 (2:17 pm)
I certainly didn't mean it in a racial context - in central AL, Asian-Americans aren't as plentiful as I would imagine they are in say, SoCal, or anywhere on the left coast for that matter. Here, you point out a "rice-rocket" referring to the way the car is souped up in a silly way - heck, lots of late-model Neon SRT-4s and Cobalt SS coupes are rice rockets to me.
I certianly didn't mean it in a manner as to be derogotory to a race; only a niche of car-modification. I was using "ricer" in the same way I'd use "rodder", which would be someone in a giant-engined muscle-car. My mind never went to the asian-american sect of society. Honest.
No offense intended, and if any was taken, those of you have my sincerest apologies. I'm really not someone who says things just to make pointless waves.
#3941 of 4025 Re: Buying a Used 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Review [thegraduate]
Sep 17, 2007 (7:14 pm)
Graduate... you and I apparently think alike.
I don't necessarily equate power with sport though. A Cadillac DTS is a fast car (291hp), but its not sporty/fun. I too want Quick steering, nimble in corners, it handles like its on rails. That's a car I'd look forward to DRIVING.
I despise the floaty disconnected sensation Toyota builds in their cars, and I have an SE (2002). It's plenty fast, maybe even too fast... but the steering and handling are like driving w/ pillows attached to your feet/hands (gag!). Then again my first car was very used 1993 Mercedes 190E. It was kinda slow (0-60 in 8.2) and it drank premium gas, but it drove SO well that even with all its faults I miss it even after 5-6 years away from it.